ardiesr (61) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 2, 2011
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
What an oddly appropriate name. Aroma is light malt with no hop presence, suggesting a nice english style. Flavour is light malts, moving into herbal/vegetal flavours in the middle? Finish is somewhat sweet. No strong malt presence, no caramel. The alcohol is very mellowed and almost undetectable, very little warming. I know Matt’s heart is in the right place, but...
JB84 (649) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - APR 22, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour ruby tan head decent lace. Aroma quite sweet, spices, caramel, butterscotch, slight dark fruit. Taste quite malty, butterscotch, caramel, citrus, pine, cereal. MF medium body fine carb. Very balanced tasty with a good malt body balance by bitter very well done. Thanks Manuchamp!!!
fiulijn (13000) - Malmö, ITALY - MAR 30, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at St. Augustine’s, Vancouver, vintage 2010
Dark amber color, clean, with a generous creamy head. Very light malt aroma in the beginning; then some nice creamy and cheesy aroma appears, and this is more interesting. The mouthfeel is very soft, the body is well built and round; there is some malt and caramel flavor but not impressive; correct bitterness, but without noticeable hop character.
A good powerful drink, but hardly a Barley Wine, not American nor English, without the necessary Barley mellow flavor.
CapFlu (4244) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 28, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(650ml bottle) Purchased at Spinnakers Spirit Merchant in James Bay. Pours a dark brown body with a medium, dissipating beige head. Fairly thin in texture and really doesn’t display the characteristics of a 10% ABV barleywine at all. Fig and toffee notes with a strange cantaloupe undertone. Lacking complexity, some dough notes. To me this seems like a fortified doppelbock . Very cloying and one-dimensional. Seems the Phillips barleywine loses some of its character each year?
mcberko (4810) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 25, 2010
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2011 650mL bottle, pours dark amber with a small white head. Aroma of caramel malts, dark fruits, bready malts, spices and hops. Flavour of wood, grains, subdued hops, caramel and dried fruits. Grains and spices dominate - not a very good barley wine at all.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 19, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Toffee, caramel, fresh baked bread, some yeast and wafts of alcohol in the nose. Clear chestnut brown body is topped by a decent white head that recedes rapidly to a thin cover and ring with some nice lacing. Flavour is quite sweet up front with lots of caramel, biscuit and nutty notes. Floral and perfumey hop flavours and moderate but pleasantly lasting bitterness. Some grainy character in the aftertaste. Medium body is quite dry with fair to moderate carbonation. Somewhat astringent. Tulip glass. Cellar temperature. Bottle purchased at Brewery Creek in December 2010.
manuchampions (1219) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 8, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle from 16th St. Liquor in West Vancouver. Pours a dark copper with thin ring of tan head. More carbonation than I would expect from a 10% barley-wine. Aroma is subdued but notes of toffee, sweet caramel and a faint waft of hops surface eventually. Taste is not that complex and fairly sweet. Some breadiness here, less caramel malt than even the nose suggested and a treacle like sweetness that bombs out just about every other flavour. Alcohol is remarkably well hidden. Finish is bitter and still cloyingly sugary. It’s a decent beer but really not a barley wine in terms of complexity and heft. Really strikes me more like an American Strong. Either way, I can’t really imagine this one aging well since there are no rough edges to wear off but also no deep, lush complexity to fall back on. Underwhelming.